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    Although my comments about Atlas Shrugged are framed as snark, there's some obvious connections between it and the two books featured here.

    Atlas Shrugged was published as fiction - but Ayn Rand was dead serious about the ideas in the book. If she'd been able to find a place in the world where her ideas were actually put into practice and worked, she would have written about that. It still remains fiction today.

    The other two books were taken seriously at first, but have now been largely discredited as fiction. That didn't keep scoundrels and the credulous using them to justify some really bad things based on them for years, and there are still true believers out there.

    Atlas Shrugged is still being used by scoundrels and the credulous to justify really bad things. There's a fair number of people who, having read it, are disposed to regard government as evil, the public good as a lie, and selfishness as the highest virtue.

    As I said, not good.

    All three authors could stand some scrutiny as to whether they were sincere believers in their tales, trying to pull a con, or some combination of the two.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 02:26:17 PM PST

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